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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Central Valley School District levy narrowly leads; East Valley levies approved

Initial results from Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake’s school elections showed that East Valley School District voters approved two levies and Central Valley had a narrow lead.

Leah Jones: Invest in our kids. They’re worth it

The Invest in Idaho citizen ballot initiative is about investing in our children and the future of our state. A generation of kids has already been left behind. We can’t …

A tale of two schools: Test scores diverge on Spokane campuses, despite investments

More money is needed at schools in lower-income neighborhoods to pay for more counselors, therapists and other specialists, said school district officials. “The primary driver is working to create focus …

Editorial: Ample school funding isn’t enough

The Washington Constitution requires “ample” school funding. Spokane and the entire state are learning that ample funding is not enough.

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Democrats have tentative deal on $52.4 billion budget

Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million …

Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.

Neal Kirby: Proposed staff mix factor for teachers harmful to rural areas

Education finance laws passed in 2017 eliminated the staff mix factor. This factor was used to provide state salary funds based on a teacher’s experience and training. Instead of the …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

Idaho school budget set with 5.9 percent increase for next year; no rancor or dissent

Idaho lawmakers on Monday set a public school budget for next year that reflects a 5.9 percent, $100 million increase in state funding next year – and it passed unanimously …

Dan Hansen: Despite state funding, local levies are vital to schools

The new state school funding formula is complicated and full of variables, and legislators are trying to work them out. In the meantime, voter-approved levies remain vital to your local …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law

The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.

Funding special education: Lawmakers, advocates look to patch budget shortfalls

Lack of funding for special education is a statewide issue, one that isn’t going to be fixed anytime soon, according to Stacy Gillet, the director of the King County ARC …

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …

Mississippi accused of unequal schooling for black students

Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group …

Cuts put spotlight on student race questions on Los Angeles school forms

Across the country, school districts have long grappled with desegregation and pursued a range of policies including changing boundaries, opening magnet schools and focusing resources on campuses with nonwhite students.

Court upholds ruling dismissing Idaho from school fees suit

The Idaho Supreme Court says the state can’t be named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes, supplies and …

UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

Idaho Senate approves school budget, sends it to Gov. Otter

A budget for Idaho’s public schools for next year that reflects 6.3 percent increase in funding cleared the Idaho Senate on a series of unanimous votes Wednesday, and headed to …

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters

The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Idaho lawmakers back 6.3% funding boost for schools

Idaho lawmakers set a budget Monday for K-12 public schools for next year at $1.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state funding over this year, and slightly less than …

Whose business is it when GOP lawmakers will have a school funding plan? All of ours.

The state Senate’s Republican leader tells a reporter “it’s none of your business” when asked when lawmakers come up with a plan for public schools, then apologizes. Sort of.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017

Thousands tell Washington lawmakers to spend more on schools

Some 5,500 demonstrators fill the Capitol steps to demand more money for public schools.

Washington Legislature opens with conciliatory words, but school-funding task force derails on party lines

Legislative leaders call for members to work together but a special task force on school funding deadlocks after seven months of work without meeting key task.

The Washington Legislature: School funding, mental health care top lawmakers’ agenda

Some things to look for after the Washington Legislature opens Monday and embarks on its 2017 session.

Washington task force struggles to outline education fixes as deadline approaches

Washington lawmakers debate possible costs of better schools, and the taxes to pay for them, as the start of the 2017 Legislature approaches.

Finally, an education plan to debate

The governor’s plan is already being criticized, but remember this: After more than three decades of kicking this can, it’s the first time someone picked it up.

Feds give states more time to bolster struggling schools

States will have more time to identify failing schools as part of new Obama administration rules aimed at supporting troubled public schools and students who are struggling.

Spin Control: Court session on McCleary foreshadows legislative fight

Wednesday’s court hearing offered a preview of next year’s contentious session.

Gary Crooks: Quiet panic behind school funding debate

Plan after plan has been agreed upon over the years only to fall apart when it came to time to screw up the courage and find the funding. Last session, …